F1: British Grand Prix 2020 live — latest updates from Silverstone

  • Race begins at 2.10pm BST with Lewis Hamilton on pole
  • The sad demise of Williams as a competitive Formula One force ​
  • Ranking every F1 track in the 2020 season: Our verdict on which should stay, go or be added

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What’s the weather forecast for the Grand Prix?

Dry and sunny, in short. Warm but not hot. 


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Final times from qualifying yesterday

Kvyat and Russell both take a five-place grid penalty for differing reasons, meaning they will start 19th and 20th. 

  1. Lewis Hamilton (Gbr) Mercedes GP 1min 24.303secs
  2. Valtteri Bottas (Fin) Mercedes GP 1:24.616
  3. Max Verstappen (Ned) Red Bull 1:25.325
  4. Charles Leclerc (Mon) Ferrari 1:25.427
  5. Lando Norris (Gbr) McLaren 1:25.782
  6. Lance Stroll (Can) Racing Point 1:25.839
  7. Carlos Sainz (Spa) McLaren 1:25.965
  8. Daniel Ricciardo (Aus) Renault 1:26.009
  9. Esteban Ocon (Fra) Renault 1:26.209
  10. Sebastian Vettel (Ger) Ferrari 1:26.339
  11. Pierre Gasly (Fra) Scuderia AlphaTauri 1:26.501
  12. Alexander Albon (Tha) Red Bull 1:26.545
  13. Nico Hulkenburg (Ger) Racing Point 1:26.566
  14. Daniil Kvyat (Rus) Scuderia AlphaTauri 1:26.744
  15. George Russell (Gbr) Williams 1:27.092
  16. Kevin Magnussen (Den) Haas F1 1:27.158
  17. Antonio Giovinazzi (Ita) Alfa Romeo Racing 1:27.164
  18. Kimi Raikkonen (Fin) Alfa Romeo Racing 1:27.366
  19. Romain Grosjean (Fra) Haas F1 1:27.643
  20. Nicholas Latifi (Can) Williams 1:27.705

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Good afternoon F1 fans

And welcome to our liveblog for the 2020 British Grand Prix at Silverstone. It’s getting a bit tired to keep mentioning the lack of fans so, yeah, no fans at the track this year or indeed for next week’s 70th Anniversary Grand Prix. If you were looking for a track that might disadvantage the Mercedes even slightly them I am afraid this one isn’t it. They showed their prowess in qualifying yesterday, again, with nobody able to even rival them for pole position, again…


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Here’s an excerpt from Tom Cary’s qualifying report yesterday:

It is a seventh world title, an achievement which would draw him level with the great Michael Schumacher, which Hamilton most craves, though. A third win on Sunday would tighten his grip still further. 

In truth, and barring a crash or a disaster, only Valtteri Bottas looks remotely capable of challenging him. Red Bull are the next best car, but it did not escape the paddock’s attention that while Hamilton’s time was 0.7secs quicker than Bottas’ pole from last year, Verstappen himself was a fraction slower than he was in 2019. 

“We are a little bit closer in the race,” argued the Dutchman. “I don’t say I am going to fight them but at least you have a fighting chance starting third.”

Behind Verstappen on the grid will be Charles Leclerc who delivered Ferrari’s best qualifying performance of the year. The Italian team have been struggling with their long run pace, though, and it would be a surprise if they managed to stay with their rivals.

The season is only three races old but it was pretty obvious from very early on that the result of the constructors’ championship is a foregone conclusion. We have to hope that Bottas can put up a challenge to Hamilton but, you would have to say, that he needs to take a chunk out of Hamilton’s five-point lead here and probably next weekend as well.

Barring something unusual happening, it is difficult to see the Red Bull of Verstappen posing too much of a problem for the Mercedes. Still, a great fight at the front and also in the midfield would make a great race. We often have them here…

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